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Mizzat
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Using tile to add a shelf

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Shower Shelf
Hi all! Looking to add a shelf in this cubby hole in my shower. I'd like to just get another tile of travertine like what's in the shower now and add another shelf where the yellow block is (by cutting a piece like what's at the top of the cubby hole). I was thinking of using some smaller cut pieces of the tile to support it like where the red block is, but not sure how to anchor it with something better than just grout and now see anything but tile, or at least make it look nice. It won't need to hold much weight, just the soap dish and the sort. My wife needs more room for her 50 products she uses to take a shower. Any suggestions?

cjski
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Just get a shower caddy, Mizzat. »www.lowes.com/pd_15126-62964-037···spn=pla"

Whatever you do to that cubby is going to look like crap.


AsherN
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I would silicone pieces of that thin line on either sides of the cubby for support and use a piece of glass as the shelf. Tile will be too heavy, and the underside will be too porous.



VioletVenom
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Or take AsherN's idea, left and right vertical supports made out of lexan. Cut the length of your tile shelf for an exact fit. I would be apprehensive using glass in a shower enclosure, due to breakage hazard.



Mizzat
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said by cjski:

Just get a shower caddy, Mizzat. »www.lowes.com/pd_15126-62964-037···spn=pla"

Whatever you do to that cubby is going to look like crap.

On the contrary, that caddy would look like crap


cdru
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said by VioletVenom:

I would be apprehensive using glass in a shower enclosure, due to breakage hazard.

Because large sheets of glass are never found near shows/tubs, like say the doors...

That being said, I probably would use acrylic or polycarbonate. Both are probably going to be easier to come by in a usable thickness and the edges can be finished easily.


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said by cdru:

said by VioletVenom:

I would be apprehensive using glass in a shower enclosure, due to breakage hazard.

Because large sheets of glass are never found near shows/tubs, like say the doors...

True but even those can shatter unexpectedly. »abcnews.go.com/US/glass-shower-d···17407544


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For something cheap and easy to clean, I might go to a place that makes countertops and find a matching remnant of granite, Corian, etc. Have it cut to size and then use silicone caulk to fix it in place.

Otherwise I'd hire an experienced tile pro and tell him/her what I want.



cableties
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Tempered glass unless intentionally abused won't break easily.
(sample site below...using as a reference)
»www.dullesglassandmirror.com/cus···lves.asp

Looking at your picture, I would (drill-anchor through tile) put two side mounts and two back mounts to hold a glass shelf.

You would get light and still have space for storing shampoos, soaps, shaving stuff...

I have a glass shelf (tempered) in my bathroom and its fine (though not in the shower as I already installed a two shelf insert from swanstone)
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VioletVenom
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Tempered, as mentioned, and wouldn't see the same "traffic" as a shelf would. If someone wants to create a potential hazard in their house, more power to them. Doesn't affect me in the least. Just pointing out the obvious, people can use the advice anyway they wish.


telco_mtl

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Just an addition to this, that cubby, make sure you maintain the grout joints with silicone and make sure water doesnt collect on the shelf, those things are notorious for collecting water and leaking creating a mold issue.



Msradell
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said by ArgMeMatey:

For something cheap and easy to clean, I might go to a place that makes countertops and find a matching remnant of granite, Corian, etc. Have it cut to size and then use silicone caulk to fix it in place.

Otherwise I'd hire an experienced tile pro and tell him/her what I want.

+1, a shelf made out of tile will be too weak and look fragile. Making something from one of these materials will look and perform much better.


jjoshua
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Bust out the row of horizontal border tile inside the cubby - sides and back.

Get a piece of stone like at the top of the cubby, slide it in to the slots, and cement it in place.

Grout and you're done.


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said by cableties:

Tempered glass unless intentionally abused won't break easily.

And if it does break, tempered glass breaks into thousands of tiny pieces that are unlikely to cause serious injury. Unlike non-tempered glass which can break into large razor-sharp piece.


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said by TheMG:

said by cableties:

Tempered glass unless intentionally abused won't break easily.

And if it does break, tempered glass breaks into thousands of tiny pieces that are unlikely to cause serious injury. Unlike non-tempered glass which can break into large razor-sharp piece.

Correct. They also laminate some glass so that if damaged, minimizes the pieces. But I do understand being on the cautious side.
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So I went back to Lowes where I'm pretty sure the renovator bought most of the tile, and found out they wet cut the tile for you, which is awesome.


Lowes guy cutting tile


I had made a cardboard cut out and the light didn't seem to be an issues, so that's why I chose to stick with the tile idea and not glass. The guy did a great job cutting it to exact proportions, and I only had to sand off a little to make it fit snugly.The tiles on the decorative part jut out a little, so they provided a base to sit on, and I just added some supports to the back, which the Lowes guy cut as well. It looks and works great! It's level except it is slightly tilted towards the short so water can run off.


shelf in place


Mizzat
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oh, and it only ended up costing me about $10, $8 for the natural travertine shelf/tile and a couple bucks for the silicone as I had run out.


AsherN
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Is the underside of the tile sealed?



Mizzat
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nope, not yet. I ran out of sealer.